Misconsceptions of Moderation

The Myth of Moderation

A common cause of confusion for patients is the degree to which one should change a diet to get healthy.  Often a patient has been doing ‘everything right’ and yet their health problems persist. A common misconception concerns the appropriate application of the idea of ‘moderation’. “Everything in moderation” and you will do well – a little bit of white sugar every day will not hurt you, junk food is OK once in a while, etc. etc.

The principle is correct –

moderation is the best way to go,


the rule works best once you have achieved general good health. 

A healthy body can handle occasional junk food. A healthy body can process a bit of white sugar here and there. However, if one has unresolved health problems that persist, then one needs to buckle down for a while until the problem is resolved before reverting back to the rule of moderation. It may take a bit of time to get the discipline down that is required to correct a longstanding problem, but how wonderful it then is to not have to worry about ‘doing everything right’ to be vibrantly healthy! A weak system generally requires little insult before it breaks down with symptoms. A robust healthy system can take a lot of insult before any symptoms show.

If you have a leaky roof resulting in your household goods getting wet do you really want a few leaks and cracks to persist? No. Fix the roof. Fix it well. No more worries. The same applies to your body. Fix it. Fix it well. No more worries.

For the average person I see clinically, (and depending on the person’s constitution and illness), once one has been truly strong and healthy for 8-12 weeks, the rule of moderation comes into play with no untoward effects from the occasional intake of junk food or other bad habits. (Strong and healthy means no symptoms of any kind for 8-12 weeks.

All good medicine,